Software piracy raid in Qatar

Qatari authorities are clamping down on software piracy, with a recent raid on a trading company finding 61 PCs loaded with illegal software. The raid was conducted by a joint team from the Ministry of Economy and Trade and the Qatar Police.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  May 18, 2003

Qatari authorities are clamping down on software piracy, with a recent raid on a trading company finding 61 PCs loaded with illegal software. The raid was conducted by a joint team from the Ministry of Economy and Trade and the Qatar Police.

The Ministry of Economy and Trade is making the protection of intellectual property rights a top priority, with a number of educational campaigns, officials said. Driving this is the economic boost that Qatar is currently witnessing, and a desire to keep attracting foreign investment. The business sector has been losing millions of dollars due to software piracy.

“This raid confirms our determination to use stringent measures against those who harm the national economy of Qatar through intellectual property right violations,” said Abdullah Qayed, Head of the Office for protection of intellectual property and authors’ rights at the Ministry. “We will continue to pursue violating companies if they do not take remedial measures.”

“This violating company will face major penalties in view of the harm caused to the business sector and the end-users in Qatar because of their use of violated software,” Qayed added. “These steps indicate that we have an effective strategy to provide a healthy business environment for the IT sector and enhance the technological investments of the local companies.”

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